Hatred, bigotry, and prejudice is taught. But we are born to love. Or are we...?
The latest from Autism Speaks:
I am autism. I am visible to your children, but if I can help it, I am invisible to you until it's too late. I know where you live, and guess what? I live there too. I hover around all of you. I know no color barrier, no religion, no morality, no currency. I speak your language fluently, and with every voice I take away, I acquire yet another language. I work very quickly. I work faster than pediatric AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined. And if you're happily married, I will make sure that your marriage fails. Your money will fall into my hands, and I will bankrupt you for my own self-gain. I don't sleep, so I make sure you don't either. I will make it virtually impossible for your family to easily attend a temple, a birthday party, a public park, without embarrassment, without pain. You have no cure for me. Your scientists don't have the resources, and I relish their desperation. Your neighbors are happier to pretend that I don't exist, of course, until it's their child. I am autism. I have no interest in right or wrong. I derive great pleasure out of your loneliness. I will fight to take away your hope. I will plot to rob you of your children and your dreams. I will make sure that every day you wake up, you will cry, wondering 'Who will take care of my child after I die?' And the truth is, I am still winning, and you are scared, and you should be. I am autism. You ignored me. That was a mistake.
There are no words to describe the feeling in the pit of my stomach after both reading and listening to the above message from the latest Autism Speaks "I Am Autism" video. Even more heartbreaking is that this video was aired at a United Nations conference. United Nations is concerned with peace and security, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. There is nothing about the above message that speaks to my soul about human equality and human rights.
Autism Speaks' "I Am Autism" video perpetuates a message of fear and intolerance regarding individuals on the autism spectrum. Is it ethical for Autism Speaks to rely upon alarm and pity-mongering to raise funds by utilizing discrimination, fallacy, and ignominy?
AUTISTIC RIGHTS = HUMAN RIGHTS
Autistic people need acceptance, accommodation, appropriate education, dignity, integration, legal protection, opportunity, respect, tolerance, and understanding. Not hatred, misguided awareness, and misconception. Is it commendable and righteous to generate monies by using erroneous fear-based tactics and horrific solicitations that do not ensure quality of life for individuals on the autistic spectrum?
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